Planning and ecology specialists at Harris Lamb have secured permission for another  battery energy storage site (BESS)  in the Green Belt on behalf of Anglo Renewables.

The business, which has worked closely with Anglo Renewables, prepared and submitted plans for the formation of a 50MW BESS and substation compound in Latteridge, Gloucestershire.

The Latteridge approval is the latest success story of its type for the business, which has secured various renewable energy projects throughout the UK to date in order to support the country’s legislated target of reaching Net Zero by 2050. 

Paul Barton, of Harris Lamb’s Planning Consultancy, said: “We are delighted to have secured this permission on behalf of Anglo Renewables for a BESS in South Gloucestershire. We worked closely with our client and the development team to ensure that this project would meet the requirements of officers.

“We have recently secured planning permission to generate or store approximately 230MW of power, with a further 300 mw currently in the planning system, which will have a huge impact on helping to provide more low-carbon power to tackle climate change and energy security.  All of the BESS permissions obtained have been in Green Belt locations across the country, with Councils increasingly recognising that such schemes, if well designed with appropriate mitigation, provide Very Special Circumstances to meet the requirements of sensitive locations,” he added.

James Stone, Managing Director at Anglo Renewables, said: “We are pleased that the local authority has approved this storage facility, and acknowledges the important part that such sites play in delivering sustainable energy solutions. Harris Lamb have a thorough understanding of the planning policy and the benefits of BESS, and the team’s expertise continues to help us drive forward with our plans, even in more challenging locations.”

For further details on BESS and the requirements for further UK-wide sites, contact Paul Barton at paul.barton@harrislamb.com.